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Mumbai: govt adopts double standards

Mar 30, 2007 10:24 AM IST India India

Mumbai: It’s been almost a year since Maharashtra government announced that the construction of the twice-delayed flyover at Peddar Road will be taken up without delay. But resistance from Peddar Road residents including celebrities like Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle seems to be coming in the way of development. The government still promises an early start to the project. "Peddar Road association has opposed the construction. But the people of Mumbai want the flyover to be built. There are some clearances yet to come – once they are in we will start the construction," said PWD Minister Anil Deshmukh. But look away from posh localities like Peddar Road, the same government has no hesitation in compelling citizens in Eastern Suburbs to move from their homes to alternative accommodations because of the construction of a new flyover. More than 13 buildings that houses more than 260 families face the danger of extinction as this flyover comes up over here. While constructions in other parts of the city are halted just for the fact that those areas house high-profile personalities, suburban area of Chembur in Mumbai does not have such luck. The Opposition says it’s the government’s lack of planning and mismanagement that is responsible for the traffic chaos in the city. "Mismanagement by the government ... projects have not been implemented in time that's why people are suffering," said Leader of Opposition Nitin Gadkari. The Bandra Worli Sea link is supposed to be ready in a years time but if the flyover at Peddar Road is not built by then, the sea link will be rendered almost useless. It seems that the government is under pressure from influential residents of the Peddar Road area including Lata Mangeshkar who are demanding a stop to the flyover. But the same government has no hesitation in breaking down the homes of those who cannot influence policy – a clear case of double standards.